Deputies confirm that woman was killed in a murder-suicide in Pittsford
UPDATE: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a man shot and killed 33-year-old woman in a murder-suicide in a Pittsford home on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Deputies say Andre Pellam, 47, shot Jasmine Adams multiple times before taking his own life using an illegal gun. Before the murder-suicide, deputies responded to the home in September for a domestic incident. Pellam was arrested for Felony assault and criminal mischief. He was arraigned in Pittsford Town Court, where he was served with an order of protection and released.
If you or anyone you know is facing domestic violence, help is available by calling the Willow Domestic Violence Center Hotline at (585)-222-7233.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Two people — a man and a woman — are dead in what the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating as a “domestic violence, possible murder-suicide.”
Deputies were called to the home on Tobey Road near Stone Road in the town of Pittsford around 7 p.m. after a family member of the woman didn’t hear from her and got concerned. They found the man and woman dead inside the home.
Deputies have since identified the woman as 33-year-old Jasmine I. Adams and the man as 47-year-old Andre M. Pellam of Pittsford.
Monroe County Sheriff Chief Deputy Michael Fowler said the investigation is in the beginning stages. He said they are looking at this as a domestic violence incident and are investigating it as a possible murder-suicide. He said it’s too early to identify a potential suspect — and law enforcement has no reason to believe any suspects are on the loose or anyone is continuing to pose a threat to the community.
Fowler did not say how the man and woman died.
Fowler said this was not the first time deputies had responded to the home. He said it is not quite clear whether both lived at the home. He said children, including a very young child, were involved, but that no children were hurt. He said deputies did not yet know “what the extent of their knowledge is as to what took place.”
“This is not the first time we’ve been here. We are in the process of pulling all those records and seeing what they contain right now. But that will be a follow-on assignment. We’ll probably finish that tomorrow. Our focus for tonight will be here at the scene,” Fowler said.
Fowler said Adams and Pellam had an intimate relationship and had struggles, based on the accounts of family members.
“We do know that there was a relationship between the two. There was an intimate relationship between the two. We know that there were some struggles going on. We’re learning that from family members. That’s why our investigation is starting at that point. but again we are going to keep all options open and see where the investigation takes us,” he said.
News10NBC asked Fowler whether he had seen anything like this happen in Pittsford before.
“We have an enormous amount of domestic violence cases in Monroe County, and this is what we think is the worst-case scenario,” he said.